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During 25 years of independence, no pro-European government in Ukraine came to power by democratic voting

Summary of Disinformation

For the 25 years of independence, there has not been any pro-European government in Ukraine that came to power by democratic voting. Everything happened through revolutions. We remember the Orange Revolution of 2004-2005 and we remember the revolution of Gidnost 2013-2014 [in English: Dignity].

Disproof

Ukraine is governed by a democratically elected government. Democratic, competitive and generally well-organised presidential and parliamentary elections were held in 2014 and local elections in 2015. The EU welcomed this progress. The OSCE, which observed all these elections on the ground, characterised the Presidential elections (report here) as showing the "clear resolve of the authorities to hold what was a genuine election largely in line with international commitments and with a respect for fundamental freedoms." According to the OSCE, the only areas where serious restrictions were reported were those controlled by separatists, who undertook "increasing attempts to derail the process." The OSCE characterised the 2014 parliamentary elections (report here) as "an amply contested election that offered voters real choice, and a general respect for fundamental freedoms".

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Reported in: Issue 81
Date: 21.09.2017
Language: Russian
Country of Origin: Ukraine
Reported by: Pavel Spirin, former journalist
Keywords: Democracy, Colour revolutions, Euromaidan, Elections, Europe
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Mesto vstrechi @NTV, 32:03
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